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Eagle Eye Summer Institutes
Come Soar With Us!
Wanna see what Eagle Eye is all about?
The only question is, “How deep do you want to go?”
When are Eagle Eye Summer Insitutes?
For more information about the individual Eagle Eye retreats click on the Eagle Eye you are interested in.
Where do I get more information?
Please click on the links below for more information. Cincinnati, Ohio June 8 – June 16, 2013 Aspen, Colorado June 14 – June 23, 2013 Toledo Area Eagle Eye June 22- June 30, 2013 Princeville, Illinois July 6 – July 14, 2013 AlaskaAugust 3 – August 11, 2013
What are Eagle Eye Summer Insitutes?
Designed for young people who are thirsting to discover a new depth and intensity to their Faith, Eagle Eye Summer Institutes provide 8 days of prayer, asking deep questions, and just plain fun for young people with the Brothers and Sisters of St. John. The Brothers and Sisters of St. John provide a rich spiritual environment that both encourages young people to seek the truth about their lives in the light of God, and leads them to the response to their questions in the Person of Christ. A Summer Institute is all the fun of a summer camp, all of the prayer of a retreat, and all of the rigor of a Philosophy and Theology seminar wrapped together and made accessible to our youth! Come and see!
How Did They Start?
In 2003, three teen-agers from a home-schooling family near Chicago asked a Brother of St. John for a way to go deeper in their Faith. The Brother sensed what was really needed was true formation – taking them to see the reason why we live as we do as Catholics. He challenged them to dare to live an experience beyond the normal retreat experience already provided for Catholic teens – to dare to be bold in their response to Jesus.
A total of 24 teens responded to his challenge that first year, and were so enthused with what was offered that they refused to let the program stop! In fact, one of them, in her twenties, decided to take the program to her fellow young adults in Fargo, North Dakota. So, in 2004, Eagle Eye expanded to two formats: one for teens and one for young adults.
A homeschooling mother from the Diocese of Toledo attended part of the program that year, and decided to take the initiative to bring Eagle Eye to her Diocese for teens in 2005. Christendom College heard the news, and inaugurated the first of their annual programs for teens in 2006. Last year, the program expanded yet again, adding a young adult Eagle Eye in Princeville as well as a silent retreat, and month-long summer session for young adults as well. This year will see Eagle Eye spread its wings once again to include a young-adult Eagle Eye in Alaska!
In addition, members of the Community of St. John have started the program in Germany, France, and Ethiopia as well. The spirit of the Eagle is soaring indeed!
How Many Will There Be This Summer?
This summer we plan on offering three Eagle Eyes for young adults (Aspen, CO, Anchorage, AK, and Cincinnati, OH. ), and two Institutes for teens ( Princeville, IL, and Toledo, OH).
What is the schedule for the retreats?
What should I bring?
Please bring the following items with you. We ask that you bring ALL of the items. From our experience, you will need these items
sleeping bag (& sleeping mat, if desired)
tents (optional, but necessary if you have one!)
backpack (for hiking)
raincoat/poncho (for hiking)
good wool socks (to avoid blisters)
good walking/hiking shoes
towel & wash cloth
comfortable clothes for hiking/daily recreation activities
“nice” clothes for Sunday Mass (for Daily Mass, we would prefer the participants wear capris/long pants(jeans)/skirts—and overall modesty in everything. We realize this is a sensitive point but feel that it is important in order to celebrate our Liturgy with the decorum and dignity it deserves. Thank you for understanding!)
jacket/sweater/sweatshirt for campfires
swimming suit & towel (Please remember modesty, this is code for bring a t-shirt for boys an girls. Thanks!)
bug repellent—a MUST!!
personal care items
instruments (if you play guitar, flute, harmonica, etc.)
bag of candy/snacks for the snack room!
personal reading (optional)
NO WALKMANS OR PORTABLE ELECTRONICS! (please note this does include cellular phones. The phones do not work at the camp site and have become a distraction in the past. If your teen needs to bring a cell phone, please remind them to only use it at bed time to call home!!
Pack a small “overnight bag” for those only items necessary to bring on the camping/hiking part of the trip. Your other belongings will be left at the retreat center.
Participants should be in decent physical condition for hiking on day-long trips.
**If you would like to print out the above list, download the following link: ITEMS TO BRING for Summer Institutes**
Come, soar with us … and 250 others as thirsty for truth as you!
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